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For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them. On a hot summer’s night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget... or the courage to forgive.Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

©2011 Kristin Hannah (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • selena
  • Pamplin, VA, United States
  • 05-10-11

Took awhile to get into but worth it

I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Well Written and Worth the Read

This should be required reading for all teenagers. It shows the major consequences of making the simple but very bad decision of drinking and driving. It was heart wrenching. And after showing all of the pain of making certain life choices, it also showed how to forgive and move on from the past to live in the present and have hope for the future.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • Carlinville, IL, United States
  • 10-24-11

Oh for heaven's sake

The storyline was good. I did appreciate the fact that it didn't sugar coat the issues in the book. It presented them realistically and kept the message going throughout the story. When my kids are teenagers, this is a story I'd like them to hear.

However - the mother - she spent the first half other the book smothering her children with everything her time and money could provide - and the second half of the book, she litterally checked out. Of course until the last 1hr 44min. Then somehow she put herself back together in the span of a day or two... even though she apparantly couldn't function for years. I was so irritated with her behavior - that I found myself cringing.



23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 09-14-18

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

Another great book by Kristin Hannah. This book was heartbreaking and sad with a very heavy subject. Until about the last few chapters, I was angry with the out come, angry at most of the characters and angry at the reality of a "simple" mistake. Young Adults make mistakes and sadly sometimes the mistake affect a lot of things and it was hard for me to watch one teen pay for the many mistakes made one night by everyone involved. The blame and hate in this book was the hardest part for me but thankfully it has a (bittersweet) happy ending even if the outcome was a little far fetched in my opinion. This author can write a story about anything I think and I would be enthralled. And yes I cried during this book which is a big thing since I rarely shed actual tears for books.

The narration was good, she did a good job of separating the character voices.

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Disappointed in Night Road

After reading Kristin Hannah's wonderful book "The Nightingale" I was looking forward to another book by the author. "Night Road" was a disappointment both in the writing style and the story content. The book was overblown and read very much like a "soap opera" story. Skip this one but don't miss "The Nightingale".

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Erica
  • United States
  • 06-18-12

This is a must read but bring tissues.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book and have spoken to most of my friends about it already. This book had me so engrossed in the story that I broke into tears on a few different occasions. At one point, my husband had called and I was so caught up in the book that I was crying to him about a chapter. That has never happened before. Kristin Hannah never disappoints but she outdid herself with this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Road?

When one of the characters was giving birth I cried for her. I held my breathe as I listened to the details. My heart ached for her. I don't remember ever being so emotionally involved with a book.

What does Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a great voice and it took me right into the story.

If you could take any character from Night Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I don't know the answer to that.

Any additional comments?

It was a beautiful book that exposed you to so many raw emotions. As sad as it was, I loved reading it. I went through the emotions with the characters and so few books do that for the reader.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mollie
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 05-03-11

Like a Harlequin romance

The writing is overly dramatic and forced. The story is dull and full of cliches. Save your money.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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The best Kristin Hannah stories I've read

I thought the author's writing style was very descriptive and vivid. Her tone was conversational and engaging. The narrator brought everything to life. I was just blown away.

Night Road introduces us to a young woman named Alexa “Lexi” Baill, who was a product of a heroin addicted mother. She was in and out of various foster homes until a great-aunt named Eva Lange came to claim her. I knew this book would leave me in tears when Lexi met her great-aunt for the first time and said “If you keep me, you won’t regret. I swear it.” I knew then that this young woman was going to captivate me.

This book weaves a story about 3 teenagers pushing boundaries, learning responsibilities, making choices and living with the consequences of those choices. It was heart wrenching.

I loved the easy friendship between Mia and Lexi—the way they accepted each other after experiencing so many rejections in life. I loved how Zach and Lexi fell in love and how Mia ultimately accepted their love. I also loved how hard Zach worked at protecting Mia in all things. This book is about relationships with siblings, parents, and lovers. It reminds me that sometimes in life one bad decision can completely alter the path of your future. Drinking and Driving is always a bad choice, but forgiveness can be a healing comfort.

The author told a wonderful story about acceptance, love, anger, loss and ultimately forgiveness. I was rooting for everyone. I really think Miles Farraday and Eva Lange and the attorney Scott were the unsung heros in this book. I don’t want to give it all away but they were the supporting cast that held the primary characters together.

I LOVED THIS BOOK and I wish I could give it more stars.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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More A Young Adult Book Than I Thought

What did you like best about Night Road? What did you like least?

The basic plot was of interest --- a foster child finally achieves her heart's desire by acquiring a loving older relative and a set of contemporary friends. However, the characters became cliches very quickly -- the annoying helicopter mother Jude, the passive husband, and the spoiled rich twins. It is very hard to believe that the male twin, Zack, is the most popular boy in high school, and there is not much motivation for him to want to give up an education at a major university for city college and an insecure girl friend.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was fairly predictable..

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen McInerney?

Yes, with reservations. Ms McInerney did a very credible job with the adults, was okay as Zack and Lexie, but terrible with the character of Mia. Mia sounded as though she were about 5 years old throughout the entire narration...it was so annoying to hear her high-pitched whine...

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. Would not be waiting with bated breath, however...

Any additional comments?

I normally enjoy books by this author, but I felt this was below her usual standard.
There was far too much time spent on teenage characters who did not seem that real, but the alternative was an obsessed helicopter mom..so take your choice..

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

I think Kristin Hannah's books can be a little sappy, but I really enjoyed this one, and was sorry when it ended. The narrator does a fantastic job, which always helps, too!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jackie T
  • 06-29-18

Loved it !

I really enjoyed this story. I have tried loads of the recommended "Tear Jerkers" But not a tear in sight for me, not even a very slightly blurry eye,absolutely nothing. But much to my surprise "Night Road" Had me trying to hold back sobs and hiding behind tissues,yawns and sudden attacks of having to blow my nose,trying not to let anyone see.
Really worth listening to.

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  • Colin
  • 03-14-18

Well crafted

This could so easily been a sentimental love story. What lifts it beyond that is the quality of the characterisation. People with all their irritating flaws, young teens finding their way, decisions that have big consequences . . . I really got drawn into this.

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  • V Nerd (Kermit), Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 01-02-18

Get ready for the feels!!

Any additional comments?

How far would you go to protect one of your children?

This is the question in this heartbreaking book.

Jude has it all, a perfect family, a perfect house, a perfect life.
Her kids are popular at school (well one of them, the other pretends she is) and everything is rosy.

Jude is the perfect mother to twins Zach and Mia and they love her for it, everything she does is for them.

Mia is unhappy though, she doesn't fit in at school and has no friends, that is until one day, a girl called Lexi sits next to her and begins to talk to her, they then become inseparable best friends.
This concerns Jude as Lexi comes from the wrong side of the tracks, but gives Lexi the benefit of the doubt and soon she becomes an addition to their perfect family.

After a stupid mistake is made one night the family's life is never the same again and Lexi is pushed out of the families embrace.

I loved this story and was moved to tears on many occasions, it has friendship, love, loss and fear in bucket loads.

A definite recommendation from me!

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  • CocoChanel
  • 01-19-17

Excellent and gripping

Really lovely read with a happy ending. A must read. Would probably read again actually

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  • Jan
  • 04-09-15

Night road

Loved it. Twists and turns and kept me engaged throughout. A good book to listen to